The saga surrounding Prince‘s posthumous Deliverance EP continues as the music icon’s estate was ordered to pay $1 million by a judge on Wednesday (May 3), if it wishes to continue preventing the release of the unheard music.
A Minnesota federal judge extended a restraining order issued last month preventing the EP’s release, with the $1 million serving as a bond, The Wrapreports. The substantial payment is due by 5 p.m. on May 12 and it will extend the restraining order until 11:59 p.m. on May 22.
The Deliverance EP comprises six previously unreleased Prince songs recorded from 2006–2008 with mixing and recording engineer Ian Boxill. When it was first announced, its release was intended to coincide with the one year anniversary of Prince’s death on April 21. Prince’s estate quickly responded, interrupting those plans with the aforementioned restraining order, claiming that Boxill — like other engineers who worked with Prince — did not have any proprietary rights to the material they worked on together.
Next, RMA (Rogue Music Alliance), the label behind the project, claimed that the judge only enjoined the unreleased EP songs and did not apply the title track “Deliverance” that had been released with the EP’s announcement. The song was then put up for sale on a website setup by RMA and remains for sale at time of publishing.